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False hope

Afzal Khan has done a fair analysis of the situation in Pakistan after the crowning of Nawaz Sharif as the Prime Minister ("Hand that's yet to take the wheel"; Sunday Tribune, August 18). Whatever high hopes people on both sides of the border had nurtured, the reality is that Sharif will never be allowed to steer Pakistan as per his will. The Pakistan army and the US will not allow him to have his way. He will have to toe their line. It will be suicidal for India to lower its guard on the basis of false assurances.

AK Sharma, Chandigarh

Old game

Apropos the report “Pak army back to its old ways on LoC” by Ravi Krishnan Khajuria (Sunday Tribune, August 18), Pakistan has always shown double standard in regard to its relationship with India. On the one hand it talks of peace and on the other it carries out incursions at the border. India should not always be eager to forgive Pakistan as such an act may be mistaken for cowardice. Pakistan should be dealt with sternly this time. It's not just our Army that is losing its soldiers, but a nation losing its dignity. It can’t go on.

Reshu Mohindra, Faridabad

Well played

Apropos Gaurav Kanthwal's article "Win-lose shuttler settles on victory" (Sunday Tribune, August 18), PV Sindhu earned plaudits by clinching a bronze medal at the recently concluded World Championship. She played exceedingly well in all her matches except the semi final in which she lost to the world no. 3. But her brilliant performance cannot be undermined. She is the future of Indian badminton and should be groomed rigorously.

Tarsem Singh Bumrah, Batala

Sporty effort

Due to the concerted efforts of some individuals and ardent sport lovers, Bhaini Bagha village in Punjab has emerged as a basketball nursery that has made a valuable contribution towards ameliorating the life of its residents (“In this village, ball is the basket of life” by Sarbjit Singh; Sunday Tribune, August 18). It keeps them physically fit, weans them away from any intoxicant and promotes employment avenues. Generous government support in this endeavour will inspire similar ventures elsewhere too. Other villages are bound to benefit from the gesture.

Harmohit Singh, Hoshiarpur

Losing ‘Indianness’

The tendencies of regionalism, caste and religious identities at the cost of 'Indianess' and secularism account for bad politics ("Inviting foreign investors at cost of own"; Sunday Tribune, August 18). There is a strong case for encouraging the private sector, which is more patriotic than government officials. Today most Indians hoist the national flag on the roofs of their homes and distribute sweets on Independence Day than the annual ritual by the official machinery on the I-Day and Republic Day.

Dr MM Goel, Kurukshetra

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